Images of the Day: An airport showcase for hip-hop culture in Toronto

Our regular feature, brought to you in association with Strange Nature Gin from New Zealand, celebrates memorable scenes, moments, launches and campaigns related to the global aviation and travel retail sphere.

CANADA. Today’s choice comes from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which recently championed the work of hip-hop artists in the city through the Project T-Dot exhibition in the arrivals area. The launch event was co-organised by Nieuport Aviation and PortsToronto. 

Project T-Dot is a documentary initiative that covers the activities of Toronto’s hip-hop culture and community.

Ground Illusionz is a hip-hop creative collective established in 1999

The exhibition, curated by photographer/director and mental health advocate Ajani Charles, features historic photographs that celebrate Toronto’s local music scene. Charles began capturing these moments in December 2006, primarily through black and white photography

The event featured a Q&A session with Charles, moderated by Neil Donaldson ‘Logik’. Donaldson is Co-Founder of Stolen From Africa, a non-profit arts organisation.  

The evening featured a Q&A session with Ajani Charles (right) moderated by Neil Donaldson (left)

The evening also featured singer Keysha Freshh and dance group Ground Illusionz with music from DFs Lincoln Baio and Killa Kells.  

Guests were able to discover the exhibit and learn about the stories behind each photograph from Ajani himself.

The event not only showcased Toronto’s hip subculture, bringing Sense of Place and authenticity to the airport, it also celebrated local talent with an exhibition that celebrates the people and art of Toronto in an authentic way. ✈

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